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Volunteering offers a way for you to make a difference and achieve your goals. It’s not just for students who want to pursue a career in the third sector.

Volunteers gardening

We organise events, offer skills training, funding, and awards and recognition. We can also support you in setting up your own community projects.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering can give you skills and experience that will make you stand out in the job market.

Being a volunteer can also enrich your personal and social life. You may have the opportunity to gain new perspectives, solve problems faced by the community, and take a break from academia.

Volunteer Hub

The Volunteering Hub is exclusively for current students at the University of Edinburgh. You can use the hub to:

  • Search for UK based volunteering vacancies
  • Create your profile – to capture your volunteering experience and achievements
  • Log your volunteering hours – receive a certificate at the end of the year
  • Add your skills and download a record of your experience and achievements

Volunteering Hub

Types of volunteering 

There are hundreds of volunteering roles to suit your interests and schedule. Opportunities range from one-off, short term, long term, and home-based.

You can volunteer for a cause with other students by joining a Volunteering Society.

You can also search for volunteering opportunities through Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Edinburgh.

Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Edinburgh

Students volunteer to conserve Laing collection

Library, museum and gallery volunteers

Interested in conservation, rare books, exhibitions, or museums? Information Services are looking for volunteers and interns to help with tasks across the University.

Information Services: volunteers and interns

Awards and recognition  

You can gain awards for your volunteering through Edinburgh Award Volunteering or Student Awards. We may also feature you in our Spotlight On blog.

Student Awards